Middle-east Arab News Opinion | Asharq Al-awsat

Thousands Protest Against Racism in Several German Cities - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
Select Page

Thousands of Germans gathered forming human chains against racism in several large cities on Sunday after a surge in hate crimes against foreigners following a record influx of more than a million migrants last year. Organizers said over 20,000 people joined protests in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Leipzig and Bochum while police counted more than 10,000 demonstrators.

The human chains were jointly organized by church groups, trade unions and human rights organizations under the motto “Hand in hand against racism – for human rights and diversity”. Reiner Hoffmann, head of the DGB trade union confederation, said the turnout showed that many Germans still supported the “Willkommenskultur” (welcoming culture) that greeted arriving migrants last year.

He urged the government to not only step up efforts to integrate migrants, but also implement reforms to support low-wage earners. “We must not play them off against each other,” Hoffmann warned. Germany is on the front line of efforts to integrate migrants into Europe after more than a million arrived in the country last year alone, most of them Muslims fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere.

The influx has increased tensions in Germany, where police registered a record surge in crimes by right-wing radicals last year. Attacks on refugee centers rose more than five-fold. The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has become a political force over the past year by branding Islam as incompatible with Germany’s democratic constitution and calling for a ban on minarets and women’s face veils.

Asharq Al-Awsat English

Asharq Al-Awsat English

Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities. Launched in London in 1978, Asharq Al-Awsat has established itself as the decisive publication on pan-Arab and international affairs, offering its readers in-depth analysis and exclusive editorials, as well as the most comprehensive coverage of the entire Arab world.

More Posts

Follow Me:
FacebookGoogle PlusYouTube